Fillable PDF Form Software???

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by EagleOne716, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. EagleOne716

    EagleOne716 Guest

    Hello all:
    I have a problem that I hope somebody can assist me in finding a solution.

    I am a law enforcement officer and, as such, occasionally find I must complete traffic accident reports.

    The State of Missouri has their forms in .pdf format but is not FILLABLE pdf. We have to use their software which is a pain in the butt (got it installed but cannot get it to print.

    Anyway, I am looking for a program that will allow me to make these forms fillable in adobe reader or ??? Would prefer free is possible.

    Thanks for any assistance that anybody might be able to provide.
     
  2. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR

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    Basically your SOL, though I can suggest some possible alternatives.

    Even if you buy the full version of Adobe Acrobat Professional you won't be able to edit an existing PDF file. But you can create a new PDF file that is fillable with Acrobat Pro.

    Or try PDF995, a low cost/free alternative to the Adobe Products.
     

  3. EagleOne716

    EagleOne716 Guest

    So, let me see if I understand correctly.
    Can I make a new .pdf file from the existing .pdf file or ???
    They require that we use their forms or ones that are approved by them.
    Thanks...
    (The site that you gave me for the other software looks good. Might download it and play with it)
     
  4. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR

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    Once a PDF file has been created you can't edit it's contents. That's one of the beauty's and also drawbacks of a PDF document.

    However you can take the existing PDF export it to a Word Document, edit it however you want in Word and then create a new PDF document from that.

    So yes you can create a new PDF file from an existing one.

    PDF995 has some cool features. And the price is certainly right.
     
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    I can help ya out...Contact me off line...Info is in my profile.
     
  6. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

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    Acrobat Pro edits PDFs. Most locked PDFs can be unlocked and edited by means of 3rd party SW.
     
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    I haven't used any of these, but had them bookmarked in a 'dealing with pdfs' section. Might be something useful - freeware unless otherwise noted.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
    http://www.cutepdf.com/
     
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    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Much (most?) OCR packages can convert PDF to editable formats like Word, etc.
     
  9. grokdesigns

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    The professional version of Acrobat certainly will allow you to create form fields on an existing PDF.

    OP, contact me through PM if you'd like me to help you out.